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Did you survive Halloween?

October 31st, 2018

 

And here is November … chilly, darker … not my favourite month of the year I have to admit. However, I always try not to let the outside world and circumstances affect my mood and thoughts. So when I feel low, I remind myself of all the things I am grateful for … my family, my dogs, my business, my morning coffee, my relaxing bath, my runs with the dogs … because when you feel grateful you can’t feel sad as your heart is filled with love and warmth.

I’m also very grateful for where we live … no neighbours, no walking distance from the town, no trick or treaters … do I sound horrible? Selfish? No, I just like peace and quiet … and I like my dogs to have quiet and feel calm too.

For some dogs, banging on the door, laughing kids, lots of noise, and scary costumes can be terrifying. And for them, Halloween is literally spooky. Some of these dogs come to us during the fireworks and Halloween season for boarding, as we don’t have fireworks here and we can hardly hear them from the town. And also the extra care with Comfort Blend, tuning forks or massage is always available for extra comfort.

Another thing that popped into my head over Halloween … dogs in costumes … I have mixed feelings about it 😕. I’m fine with a warm coat or a waterproof coat, when appropriate. And I know they look super cute in their costumes, especially the little ones, but how do they feel about it? Do we know? How do dogs take it when we laugh at them? Are they laughing with us? I recently read an interesting post on Facebook from Dr. Isla Fishburn:

“I am not a fan of putting any animal in fancy dress, colouring their fur, painting their nails or other forms of human preening that some may replicate on their dog. I work very naturally and in a sacred way that respects every dog as an animal that requires choice and nothing more than connection.

Of course, I equally pass no judgement on to others. If you really must dress your dog in fancy dress, dye their fur, paint their nails etc then PLEASE ask yourself why, look at the deeper symbolism and sacredness that your dog holds as an animal. If you do decide to do any of these things, then PLEASE, PLEASE be confident that your dog feels proud and comfortable rather than unhappy or humiliated.

Our dogs can and do tolerate ALOT from us and can be very forgiving with what we ask of them, but all animals deserve to be ASKED what makes them comfortable, to know they have a choice and to LISTEN to them rather than be forced into situations they’d rather not do.

Please be respectful. Please be fair. Please think about how your dog might feel before any and every decision you make for your dog – your dog has an opinion too!”

What is your thought?

If you don’t know Isla, check out her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kachinacanine/

And if you have a chance to go to one of her talks, don’t miss it!

Jitka xx

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